is a term for a uniformed manservant
, in its original meaning (attested 1529, according to the OED
The modern connotation of "servile follower" appeared later, in 1588 (OED).
There are several theories about the origins of the word. By one theory, it is derived from Medieval French laquais
, "foot soldier, footman, servant", ultimately from Turkish ulak
, literally "a messenger". In Gaelic, it is a surname related to the word for stone, leac